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    Hello!

    This is my first long solo road trip, and ive been wanting/thinking about doing this for a long time. My only problem is....i dont know where to go!

    A few criteria:
    -Must be in one day. Id like to start at 6-7am and finish out about 12at night.
    -Id like to go south.
    -Im a photographer, so the more old historic roads i can go on the better (better for photos!)

    Im located in Pittsurgh Pa.

    Help me pick a cool road trip!!!

    thanks to all!

    kevin

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    Hello...

    During a visit to Pittsburgh, I did a one-day roadtrip that worked well.

    This hyperlink jumps into the middle of a slideshow of that one-day roadtrip using the great city of Pittsburgh as a hub.

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    I don't know how you feel about waterfalls, but if they interest you, check Ricketts Glen State Park. 22 waterfalls along 2 trails. It is probably worth checking water levels - I went in August, 2001 & although I got some Waterfall Photos they would have been nicer with a bit more water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vermilye View Post
    I don't know how you feel about waterfalls, but if they interest you, check Ricketts Glen State Park. 22 waterfalls along 2 trails. It is probably worth checking water levels - I went in August, 2001 & although I got some Waterfall Photos they would have been nicer with a bit more water.
    Ditto here too. Sunrise and sunsets are awesome, especially for pix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thisiskevin View Post
    Help me pick a cool road trip!!!
    Kevin you can reach the Shenandoah Valley in about four hours -- there are lots of old historic roads in this area. Here is a field report filed by Moderator Tim. And then I would use US-33 to head back on a diagonal to Pittsburgh.

    If trains appeal to you -- this is a very scenic spot -- Cass Scenic RR And continuing on that theme -- here are some more scenic byways in the hills of West Virginia.



    Mark

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    all great ideas guys and gals!

    i like the Shenandoah Valley trip, as well as the Ricketts Glen State Park trip.

    i was thinking of taking a drive down old Rt 40, the old washington highway. iver heard there are some scenic views, as well as it being a cool historical road.

    but im still very open to ideas!

    thanks again to all

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    Hi,

    As you probably know, the Laurel Highlands southeast of Pittsburg are great, with lots of hills, forests, towns and interesting roads. And one of the not-so-natural wonders of American Architecture, Fallingwater. Well worth the stop and you are free to photograph to your heart's content.

    I don't know the area very well, but from the looks of the roads east of Bedford, PA, there must be some geat stuff over there.

    As a photographer, you know that it isn't the distance traveled, it is the light, the mood, and your attitude that make a good photo trip. But, as a place to start, I look for roads that follow rivers or clearly have switchbacks. There are usually good photo ops in both environments. Finding historic towns shouldn't be a problem, the state is full of them. I remember driving through several on the way to and from Fallingwater.

    I usually carry a short stepladder with me, and a pair of knee-high rubber boots. The ladder can get you a view over a hedge or wall, and the boots can protect you in all sorts of unpleasant environments, not just water.

    Also take a notebook (or GPS) to make notes of places to go back to when the light is better. You think you'll remember, but you won't.

    Have a great time, and please post some shots when you've done it.

    Craig Sheumaker
    co-author of the travel guide: America's Living History-The Early Years and some-time scenic photographer

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